Fred Rook, 91, took to the streets with Councillor Ian Adams to raise money for the Royal British Legion ahead of Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday .
The grandfather of seven served in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) and was posted to the 1st Anti-Aircraft Workshops where he repaired London’s anti-aircraft guns.
He left in 1947 and joined the Metropolitan Police .
During the day, Mr Rook and Cllr Adams posed for photographs while collecting money for poppies.
Mr Rook said: “Although I was a soldier I never actually fired a gun.
“I was a Hampshire boy, brought up in the countryside. I joined the army in 1941 and they sent me to London.
“I was in the REME. I was attached to the anti-aircraft gun sites.
“We would come into London each day doing the repairs. I was fortunate they didn’t send me abroad at all – especially as I was courting a London girl.”
Mr Rook has lived at the Royal Hospital Chelsea for almost four years, and added: “It’s the best way to end up. It’s like an upmarket care home. They look after us.”
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